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Return To Ithaca

Return To Ithaca

A Confessional Novel

Randy Lee Eickhoff

Forge Books

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At the height of the Vietnam War, twenty-seven members of a U.S. special elite team were dropped into North Vietnam to fight alongside the Rands and Montagnards against the communist regime. Their job was to ambush troops along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, one of the most dangerous of the war. Of the twenty-seven men who went in, only three made it back.

One of them is Henry Morgan a modern-day Odysseus struggling to find a way of returning from the Vietnam War. Now living in a monastery, he has turned his back on the world that turned its back on him. But times change and there is a need for a man like Morgan again. A man who has made his voyage. An Odysseus who can bring order to a chaotic world.



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Chapter One


She raised her summer-sky blue eyes to look out the window above the zinc sink over the sun-burnt grama grass waving in tufts of honey, gold and white, over the prairie before the shale hills marking the beginning of the Dakota...

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Praise for Return To Ithaca

“A classic novel.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the most powerful novels written about the men who went away to fight America's most hated war and who could not return home again . . . Once you experience it through Henry Morgan's eyes, you'll understand as all veterans do, what happened to these men and what they gave up for their country . . . . Most powerful . . . . Each narrative passage is written with the passion and credibility that only one who's been there and finally found his way home again can feel.” —The Tulsa Sunday World

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About the author

Randy Lee Eickhoff

Randy Lee Eickhoff holds several graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Classics. He lives in El Paso, Texas where he works on translations in several languages, poetry, plays, and novels of which two have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His translation of Ireland's national epic is now a text in not only schools in the United States, but countries overseas as well. His nonfiction work on the Tigua Indians, Exiled, won the Southwest History Award. He has been inducted into the Paso Del Norte Writers Hall of Fame, the local chapter of the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters. He spends his time in El Paso, Ireland, and Italy, lecturing on Dante and The Ulster Cycle.

Randy Lee Eickhoff

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